Former UFC Champion Kevin Randleman Dead At 44
Fox Sports – Former UFC heavyweight champion and two-time NCAA champion wrestler Kevin Randleman has died at age 44.
Sources told FOX Sports on Thursday that Randleman had been admitted to a San Diego hospital for pneumonia and later passed away due to heart failure. He had been living in Las Vegas.
Long before he was one of the most feared men in the Octagon, Randleman was already a legend on the mats during his years at Ohio State, where he followed in the footsteps of another UFC icon, Mark Coleman.
Randleman was a fierce wrestler who captured two NCAA wrestling championships and was a three-time All-American.
Once college was finished, Randleman decided to follow Coleman into the UFC, where he would soon gain a reputation as one of the most powerful and explosive fighters in the history of the sport.
One of Randleman’s biggest moments came in a 2004 fight against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, who was a massive favorite in the PRIDE heavyweight grand prix that year. Randleman floored the former kickboxer with a huge punch early in the first round before finishing the fight a few seconds later with some vicious ground and pound.
This is sad news and my condolences go out to the Randleman family. It is always tough when somebody you grew up watching passes away at such a young age. He was the definition of power. I would guess he was one of the strongest guys ever to compete in the UFC (the way he effortlessly suplexed Fedor). He started competing in the earlier days of MMA and got to face some of the legends in the sport. He had a touch of bad luck in his career and never realized his full potential but was a fixture in the fight game.